EXAIR Leads the Way with Standards and Certifications

For over 34 years, EXAIR has been the industry leader in providing Intelligent Compressed Air Products to the industrial marketplace. While much of our focus is to ensure our products are engineered to provide optimal performance, we are also dedicated to manufacturing products that meet a wide range of standards and directives to promote safety in relation to plant personnel.

 

For instance, all of our compressed air operated products meet or exceed OSHA Standards 29 CFR 1910.242(b), requiring that the outlet pressure of an open pipe, nozzle, air gun, etc., when used for cleaning purposes, must remain below 30 PSI when dead-ended against the skin, as well as Standard 29 CFR 1910.95(a) as a way to protect workers from job related injuries related to dangerous sound levels of 90 dBA and higher.

 

 


Many of our products are also CE Compliant, meeting the mandatory requirements for products intended to be sold in the European Economic Area or “EEA”. For example our Electronic Flow Control and Electronic Temperature Control (ETC) meet the EU (European Union) Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC.

 

 

EXAIR electrically powered devices, like our Static Eliminators and Digital Flowmeters for example, comply with the “Restriction of Hazardous Substances” or RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, including the amendment outlined in the European Commission decision L 214/65.

 

 

We are also committed to providing material that supports the conflict mineral free rule to help aid in the relief of illegal trade of exotic materials, like tungsten, gold, tin and tantalum in the DRC region. Using the CMRT 4.20 template, we document our supply resources to ensure we provide conflict free products, as outlined in Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

 

Lastly, the European Union introduced the REACH program – Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, as a method to register chemical substances being imported into the EU to protect people and the environment, per Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 Title I, Article 3.  Also noted in the program, Title II, Article 7, they state that any product with a substance intended to be released under normal operating conditions, must be registered for quantities totaling more than 1 metric ton per year. Since EXAIR products do not intentionally release or contain any such substances, registration to meet the program is not required.

 

If you have any questions about any of these Standards or Directives or about which EXAIR products comply, please feel free to contact an application engineer for assistance. We’d be happy to help!

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
justinnicholl@exair.com
@EXAIR_JN

Many Ways to $ave on Compressed Air Costs

Using compressed air in the plant is common for many types of processes.  Typical uses are drying, cooling, cleaning and conveying. Compressed air does have a cost to consider, and there are many ways to keep the usage and the costs as low as possible.  The first step is to use an EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Product, which has been engineered to provide the most performance while using the least amount of compressed air. The next step is to control the use of the air, to only have it on when needed.

EXAIR offers the EFC – Electronic Flow Control.  It offers the most comprehensive method to maximize the efficiency of compressed air usage.  It combines a photoelectric sensor with a timing control that operates a solenoid valve to turn on and off the air as required. With 8 different program types, an on/off mode that works with any process can be programmed ensuring that the minimum amount of compressed air is used.  You can use the online EFC Savings Calculator to see how quickly the savings add up!

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EFC – Electronic Flow Control

Another method would be to use a solenoid valve with some other method of control. Depending on the process, the solenoid could be energized via a machine control output, or as simple as an electrical push button station. EXAIR offers solenoid valves in a variety of flow rates (from 40 to 350 SCFM) and voltages (24 VDC, 120 VAC and 240 VAC) to match the air flow requirements of the products we provide, while integrating into the facility and available supply voltages.

For control of the Cabinet Cooler Systems, the ETC – Electronic Temperature Control, uses a thermocouple to measure cabinet temperature and cycle the system on and off to maintain a precise cabinet temperature, and provides a digital readout of the internal temperatures and on the fly adjustment.  Also available is the Thermostat Control models, which utilize an adjustable bimetallic thermostat to control the solenoid valve, also cycling the unit on and off as needed to maintain a set cabinet temperature.

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ETC – Electronic Temperature Control

There are several manual methods that can be used to control the compressed air.  A simple valve can be used to turn the air off when not needed, whether at the end of the work day, at break time, or whenever the air isn’t required.  We offer several options, from a foot controlled valve, to a magnetic base with on/off valve, to a simple quarter turn ball valve.

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To discuss your processes and how an EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Product can control the air supply and save you money, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or one of our other Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.

Brian Bergmann
Application Engineer

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EXAIR Product Of The Year Candidate: Electronic Temperature Control for Dual Cabinet Cooler Systems

We have just found out that four of our new problem solving products have been nominated for Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year (Please Vote for us HERE).  The first candidate I would like to showcase is in the Automation & Controls category.  The Electronic Temperature Control for Dual Cabinet Cooler Systems effectively turn the compressed air supply to the Cabinet Coolers on and off as needed to maintain a constant temperature inside of a hot enclosure. Using the air intermittently to maintain a specific temperature is the most efficient way to operate.

Please Vote!

Please Vote!

The ETC Dual Cabinet Cooler Systems work in conjunction with EXAIR’s UL listed Cabinet Cooler Systems which provide cooling for your electrical enclosures without the use of refrigerant based coolants or fans.   The Cabinet Cooler Systems utilize a compressed air driven Vortex Tube which uses compressed air. This cold compressed air is exhausted into the enclosure which results in a cool working environment for your electronics. Warm air from inside the enclosure is vented safely back out of the cabinet through built in exhausts and the compressed air is only utilized when the internal air temperature reaches the digitally set temperature on the ETC.

How the EXAIR Cabinet Cooler System Works

How the EXAIR Cabinet Cooler System Works

Another added benefit of the ETC on the Cabinet Cooler system is the real time readout of the internal air temperature of your enclosures.  This is on top of the push button set point which will give you a +/-2°F ambient temperature inside of your enclosure.

EXAIR ETC Dual Cabinet Cooler System

EXAIR ETC Dual Cabinet Cooler System

The ETC Dual Cabinet Cooler Systems are designed for larger heat loads ranging from 3,400 BTU/hr. to 5,600 BTU/hr.   The units are available in NEMA 12, NEMA 4, and NEMA 4X ratings.   This means whether you are in a fairly clean environment or a dirty, hot, muggy environment, EXAIR has you covered.

If you would like to discuss either the ETC or the Cabinet Cooler Systems, please contact an Application Engineer.   If you would like to vote for our products, please check out the Plant Engineering Product of the Year page here.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer Manager
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

ETC Electronic Temperature Control for Dual Cabinet Cooler Systems

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Model 9258 ETC System

Hi Folks! Well we have managed to expand our offering of Cabinet Cooler systems to include Dual Cabinet Cooler Systems that are now available with the Electronic Thermostat Control. Previously, the Dual Cabinet Cooler Systems were only available from stock with our standard thermostat model 9017 and an appropriate solenoid valve to suit the voltage needs of the application.

Now, customers who have a need for one of the Dual Cabinet Cooler Systems can get all the flexibility, ease of use, feedback and adjustment that comes with the ETC controller. If you would like to review an in-depth video on how the Electronic Thermostat Control works, you can click to watch a video I completed on this topic, Video Blog: Electronic Temperature Control.

Some of the features of the Electronic Thermostat Control include:

  1. Display of current temperature inside enclosure.
  2. Easy adjustment of temperature set point, temperature unit of measure and offset temperature (mentioned in the video).
  3. The RTD temperature sensor allows for system hysteresis of +/- 1 °F.
  4. The ETC is available in a an enclosure suitable for NEMA 12, 4 and 4X environments to go along with all our Cabinet Cooler Systems.
  5. The ETC is also UL Listed and CE compliant to insure good, safe operation.
  6. 120 and 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz. Systems are available.

If you would like to add the Electronic Thermostat Control on your Cabinet Cooler System, consider models 9238, 9239 (for single Cabinet Cooler Systems), 9258 and 9259 (for Dual Cabinet Cooler Systems) Electronic Thermostat Control Systems for your application.

Neal Raker, International Sales Manager
nealraker@exair.com
@EXAIR_NR

Video Blog: Electronic Temperature Control

Hello everyone. I have just put together another video which covers the various features of the EXAIR ETC (Electronic Temperature Control) which is our digital display temperature control for EXAIR Cabinet Cooler systems.  Enjoy!

Neal Raker, Application Engineer
nealraker@exair.com

ETC Electronic Temperature Control is Just What the Customer Ordered

One of our long standing OEM clients serves the power utility, pulp & paper, industrial, petrochemical and commercial nuclear industries in the area of providing diagnostics, sensors and imaging for system control and optimization. In other words, they have their equipment operating in some of the hottest industries around.

In one case our customer had an application for which they needed to use one of our Cabinet Cooler Systems with thermostat control. However, the application dictated that the thermostat control have a visual feedback mechanism included so the operator could verify with a quick look as to the temperature status of this very important panel.

EXAIR does have two different levels of thermostat control. Our standard version which consists of a bi-metal thermostat and a solenoid valve which simply monitors temperature and turns the system on when needed, but there is not any feedback possible.

We also have a second version of our thermostat control we refer to as ETC or Electronic Temperature Control.  The advantage of the ETC in this case was that it provides a digital read out of the actual internal cabinet temperature. The unit can also be adjusted to maintain a set point between 80° – 120°F (27° – 49°C) through push button controls. The unit can also be changed to output the reading in either Fahrenheit or Celsius.  The enclosure is rated for all applications up to NEMA 4X requirement.

Considering all the above features, the ETC not only provided the customer with their desired feedback, but did so in a clean, ready to use package.

Neal Raker, Application Engineer
nealraker@exair.com

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